Leadership

Tips, Tools and Strategies
for Mid Career Professional Women

Opportunity Is Knocking. Will You Answer…

Opportunity Is Knocking.Will You Answer The Call? The time is now! Opportunity is knocking for professional women. Ladies, our time is now. A change has been brewing over the last couple of years and now it’s knocking loudly on our door. Do you feel it? Women all over the world are …

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Tied, overwhelmed and plagued with uncertainty!…

Tied, overwhelmed and plagued with uncertainty! So how can you perform at your best? “What state are you in when you perform at your best as a leader?” I first came across this powerful question in Michael Buntings brilliant book; The Mindful Leader. If you haven’t read it I’d highly recommend …

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Can You Really Be Yourself and…

Can You Really Be Yourself and Succeed as a Leader? Leaders often confide in me saying they are not sure what style of leader they are meant to be. Some tell me that they are completely different at work to how they are at home. While others tell me they have …

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Luck? A Smart Career Building Strategy

Luck… a smart career building strategy Some people just seem to attract good luck… are you one of them? People who are lucky in their career are those who are asked to participate in the most interesting projects, are in the right place at the right time to take advantage of …

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How to get the most out…

How do you approach your annual performance review? Do you see it as a golden opportunity to reflect on what you have achieved, how you have contributed and set your plan for personal and professional growth? Or do you groan and see it as nothing more than a tick a box …

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5 tips to boost the effectiveness…

As a senior professional you attend a LOT of meetings. Maybe too many? Some of them may be productive and useful but I’m guessing that there are many you walk away from, frustrated with the lack of purpose, achieving little progress and without a clear outcome or action plan. There is …

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How to position yourself to protect…

Change in the corporate world is the one constant we can rely on. No job is 100% secure. No role will remain exactly the same one year to the next. Cultures change. Corporate structures and strategies change. Boards Change. Executive leadership teams change. And all of this change will directly or …

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What happens when we dare to…

If you have ever been to an event just for women you will know that magic happens when women come together. We may walk in as strangers but it doesn’t take long to find common ground, share from the heart and connect. At our core women are gifted connectors, collaborators and …

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Could you be more decisive?

Being seen to be a strong, decisive decision maker is a critical factor in establishing our leadership credibility. A quick and well thought through decision backed by logic, gut instinct and taking personal responsibility for whatever the outcome will be, can boost our professional standing in the eyes of those around …

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How to set clear boundaries for…

Do you have clear boundaries? Or perhaps an even more important question is … do you have any boundaries at all? Are you clear on what’s acceptable to you and what isn’t? Do you protect your time, energy and resources and prioritise what is import to you? In a world that’s becoming …

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Business Acumen: The key to career…

Have you ever wondered what it is that you need to do to transition from middle management to a more senior role? You work hard, you do great work, your team like you but still you are being passed over and senior roles remain elusive. And clearly the statistics confirm you …

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Do you have a powerful magnetic…

You have the title and the responsibility, but are you seen as a leader? Do your team members follow you, respect you and deliver for you? Does the senior leadership team value your and the contribution you make? If you have ever struggled with making your mark as a leader, I …

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Your professional reputation is at stake

How you show up at work matters. The type of energy you bring to your work impacts your effectiveness while also shaping your professional reputation. It’s not something many of us give much consideration to, but it can absolutely influencing our outcomes and whether or not new and exciting opportunities come …

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Does Happiness Matter To Leadership Performance?

How happy are you in your current role? Pretty simple question really but not one we ask ourselves that often. Maybe it’s because we don’t really want to admit the answer. And what does happiness have to do with work, career and being a productive, inspiring, high performing leader anyway? I’d …

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10 actions to close out the…

There is no doubt that this is a very busy time of the year. There are the projects to complete, end of year functions to attend, shopping malls to navigate and the odd family drama’s to attend to. So I am sure that you don’t need me to add anything more …

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How to maintain your leadership mojo…

Got too much on your plate? Feeling overworked, overwhelmed and stressed out? You are definitely not alone. In our busy world of multiple demands.. at work and at home.. life can get a little hectic at times. And then if we throw in some work travel, extra commitments outside hours or …

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Are you playing the game by…

Are you playing the game? Do you even know the rules? The game of career success within the corporate environment is run by some very subtle but very important rules. If you have felt that your progress has been blocked leaving you feeling stuck and disillusioned it may be because you …

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Who’s on your A team?

Who do you have to hold your hand, believe in you, hold you steady when you slip into moments of self doubt, push you, challenge you, tell you when you are off course, clear the path for you and advocate for you in the right circles? …

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Improved team behaviours starts with you

Are you modelling the types of team behaviours that you want your team to project? I was reading an article recently by AFL reporter David Sygall who said “They say sporting teams come to reflect the personality of the coach. A coach who worries will lead a team that panics under pressure. …

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Are You An Accidental Leader?

The Accidental Leader is a common breed of leader. They are those people that don’t necessarily set out to become leaders but through “good luck” or “being in the right place at the right time” fall into the role. Some battle along, trying to work out what this mystical new role …

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It Is Time To Break The…

Our world is made up of rules. They are there to provide us with order and certainty and they generally serve us very well. But I am here today to tell you that it is time to break the rules. Well… maybe just a few. Many of the rules we learned …

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5 Critical Characteristics of High Achievers

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to have the gift of turning everything they touch into gold? They lead the best teams, they achieve exceptional results and get noticed and promoted more often. And just to rub salt into the wound … they seem have everything sorted in their …

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Are You Waiting For An Invitation…

If you are a leader… you are expected to lead. It is as simple as that. So why is it that so many leaders tell me that they are waiting to be told what to do, what is expected of them, what their job role is, and how they fit into …

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Women Lead Differently … And That…

If we are to achieve an increasing number of women in leadership positions, we need to acknowledge that men and women lead differently, and that it is a good thing. The leadership style of women is collaborative, inclusive, and consultative. They focus on nurturing a strong team environment where ethical behaviour, …

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Is Focusing On Your “Areas Of…

When you think back to your last performance appraisal, did you spend more time speaking about strengths and achievements or did you and your manager focus on your weaknesses and your areas of improvement? For most of us … our focus has been on our “areas of improvement.” This focus starts …

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Ladies … It Is Time To…

Women continue to struggle to make their mark on the corporate landscape with the numbers of women securing leadership roles sadly lagging behind their male counterparts. It saddens me to walk into meetings with leadership teams to find the disproportionate representation of men and women on the team. A recent Ernst …

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How To Survive Difficult Conversations

At some stage in our career we will all be confronted with the need to have a difficult conversation. You know the type… the type that makes your stomach lurch and has you wanting to do everything but have that conversation. It could be dealing with a customer complaint, providing negative …

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5 Ways To Improve Team Engagement

Team engagement matters. Successful teams who consistently achieve superior results are filled with highly motivated, engaged team members who approach their job with energy, enthusiasm and creatively. But where do you find these people who willing put in the extra effort, who provide exceptional customer service, who look for ways to …

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